Madrid Flea Market (El Rastro de Madrid) is the most popular open air flea market in Spain, containing 3,500 stalls. It is held every Sunday and public holidays during the year. A huge variety of products (new and used) can be found at el rastro. A number of antique shops in the local area are also open on Sunday.
El Rastro means “the trail”. A popular etymology is that it owes its name to the tanneries that were once located in Ribera de Curtidores. Close by, on the banks of the Manzanares River, was an abattoir. Transporting the slaughtered cattle from the abattoir to the tannery left a trail (rastro) of blood along the street.
Address: Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain.
Metro: La Latina
Hours: Sundays & Bank holidays from 9 am to 3 pm.